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September 15, 2012 / Leslie

Weekend Birding: Backyard

It’s been a very busy past few days so there’s no featured bird this week. Instead I have a few shots of some of my regular backyard visitors.

The first is a female Red-bellied Woodpecker. She was busy exploring the apple tree, probably looking for insects to eat. If this were a male the top of the head would also be red. In females there is only a patch of red on the back of the head. The birds are named for the reddish tinge on their belly, but it’s often difficult to see.

Below is one of the Mourning Dove families that regularly visit my feeder. The parents are on the left and the youngster is on the right. The young dove’s feathers are edged in white giving them a scalloped look and it is slightly smaller in size.

Mourning Doves

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce at At Home With Books. Visit her blog to see more great photos or add your own.

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  1. laurelrainsnow / Sep 15 2012 2:59 pm

    Your backyard visitors are gorgeous! I love mourning doves.


  2. Bev@My Reader's Block / Sep 15 2012 3:07 pm

    I love seeing what new birds you introduce us to each week. It’s lovely to see the dove family out for a dinner together!

    Here’s my Snapshot.


  3. lmkazmierczak / Sep 15 2012 3:21 pm

    Wow, such great captures…enjoy your wee kend♥


  4. BermudaOnion / Sep 15 2012 3:23 pm

    Beautiful shots as usual.


  5. Suko / Sep 15 2012 3:47 pm

    The three doves are especially wonderful! Gorgeous photos once again!


  6. Louise / Sep 15 2012 4:25 pm

    What wonderful birds to have as frequent visitors. I didn’t get to see a woodpecker in America last year- I was disappointed not to. Maybe on the next trip? I find it extraordinary how birds are often named after their least conspicuous feature.


    • Leslie / Sep 16 2012 3:22 pm

      Too bad you didn’t get to see one, we have quite a few species of them here.

      There is also a Red-headed Woodpecker and both the males and females have dark red heads. Maybe that’s why this one is named for it’s belly.


  7. irene / Sep 15 2012 4:41 pm

    Well you know backdoor guests are best.


  8. Paulita / Sep 15 2012 5:03 pm

    Your bird photos are so enthralling. The birds are always captured at just the right moment. Here’s Mine


  9. Ginny / Sep 15 2012 5:07 pm

    Lovely photos. Great to have such interesting visitors.


  10. Sue Jackson / Sep 15 2012 5:49 pm

    Wow, great bird photos! I especially like the woodpecker.


    Book By Book


  11. wldmtngrl / Sep 15 2012 5:52 pm

    I thought we had a nesting pair of mourning doves last summer but don’t recall seeing any off spring. Now I know what to look for. Always learn something when I visit here.


  12. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) / Sep 15 2012 7:48 pm

    Great shots of your visitors.


  13. joyweesemoll / Sep 15 2012 9:24 pm

    Great shots — so close.


  14. Angie / Sep 15 2012 10:34 pm

    I love love the birds in your backyard. My birds aren’t as exciting but I still love them!!


  15. Arti / Sep 16 2012 1:39 am

    How wonderful to see them right in your backyard. Did you take them with your 250mm lens? I look forward to seeing many more photos from you on birding.


    • Leslie / Sep 16 2012 3:18 pm

      Yes, those were taken with the 250mm.


  16. edgar / Sep 16 2012 2:32 am

    You are very fortunate to have birds visit your backyard and enjoy them. Does the sound of the woodpecker bring excitement? I like the red color on the woodpecker. I have heard the wonderful call of morning dove before while waking in the morning.
    Nice photos.


    • Leslie / Sep 16 2012 3:17 pm

      I don’t hear the woodpeckers pounding on the trees that much but I do hear them calling to each other… and they are loud.


  17. Christine Harding / Sep 16 2012 3:35 am

    Right, I have dug out my RSPB book on garden birds, I’m going to clean up the few feeders in the garden, treat myself to a bird table, and buy various bird food to see what I can attract (other than starlings and the dozy pigeon)… My Snapshot is at


    • Leslie / Sep 16 2012 3:16 pm

      Most birds like sunflower seeds although there are different mixes to attract certain species. I also put peanuts out to get the woodpeckers to stop by. Starlings, house sparrows and grackles will eat almost anything you put out so it’s difficult to discourage them.


  18. Alyce (@AtHomeWithBooks) / Sep 16 2012 2:15 pm

    We’ve been seeing so many doves around our community lately that I’ve been wondering if someone is raising them. I’ve never seen this many in the area in previous years. Your dove photo is lovely by the way.


    • Leslie / Sep 16 2012 3:13 pm

      I have a lot of doves this year too. There were ten of them roosting on my roof yesterday. Doves are prolific breeders and nest three or four times a year. That baby in the picture above was in my yard again today. Most birds are done with their nesting by now. They also have a high mortality rate being a favorite food of many predators and are also hunted in many states so it makes sense they breed a lot.


  19. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Sep 16 2012 8:46 pm

    My cats go nuts with those flappin Mourning Doves around the windows/feeder. Very cute shot.


  20. debbierodgers / Sep 17 2012 5:44 pm

    You always have such wonderful photos of birds, Leslie – and in your own backyard, no less. I look forward to your birding posts very much!


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